Jet2 cancels flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17
JET2 has cancelled all flights and holidays to Cyprus until August 17.
The tour operator said that due to the country's "prohibitive entry restrictions" they have "no choice" but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including August 16.
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This comes as new rules mean Brits would have to prove they don't have the virus before entering Cyprus.
From 1 August, the Republic of Cyprus government said the UK will move to Category B – which means Brits will only be able to visit providing they follow strict requirements.
This means passengers would have to provide a negative coronavirus PCR test on arrival to Cyprus, obtained within 72 hours before travel.
All travellers to Cyprus must also complete a Cyprus Flight Pass before travelling which has your test result uploaded within 24 hours of your departure.
You will then need to present this prior to boarding and on arrival at immigration.
A Jet2 spokesperson said: “Because of prohibitive entry restrictions into Cyprus, we have no choice but to suspend flights and holidays to Larnaca and Paphos up to and including 16th August.
"We continue to urge the Cypriot authorities to review the entry criteria in line with other destinations, so that our customers can enjoy their well-deserved holidays.
“Where customers are affected by any programme changes, we have been repeatedly recognised for how we have been looking after customers, offering the option to rebook with no admin fee, a Refund Credit Note or a full cash refund, and we will be contacting customers to discuss these options.
“For customers who are due to travel to Cyprus from 17th August onwards, we are continuing to liaise with the authorities in Cyprus and we will provide further updates in due course.
"We would like to thank our customers for their understanding and patience. “
This comes as Jet2 cancelled all holidays and flights to mainland Spain, after the quarantine-free air bridge was axed.
Before, the UK had allowed Brits to travel to Spain and the Balearic Islands without needing to self-quarantine on return.
But after a spike in coronavirus cases in Spain, holidaymakers in the country – including Balearic island hotspots like Majorca and Ibiza – will now be forced to quarantine for two weeks upon returning home to the UK.
It is thought more than 600,000 British tourists will be affected by the restrictions.
A statement from Jet2 earlier this week said: “Following the latest government advice regarding travel to Mainland Spain from the UK, we have taken the decision to suspend our flights and holidays programme to Costa de Almeria, Alicante, Malaga and Murcia from 28th July up to and including 16th August."
Holidaymakers currently out in Spain or who decide to travel anyway will also have to self-isolate for 14 days on their return to the UK, or risk a £1,000 fine.
The shake-up has left many passengers no longer wanting to fly but the majority of airlines are continuing to run flights as normal.
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